Okay, so he had a lot of help from his dad, but this third grader’s school project—a wooden model of the Steel Bridge in Portland—is totally awesome. It has all the moving parts of the real bridge; both the lower and upper decks can be lifted to make way for boats on the river.
I’m at a loss for words. This project and accompanying short film, To Scale: The Solar System by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh, is so incredibly awe-inspiring and so beautifully executed, that it will make me dream of the cosmos tonight (maybe every night). The premise is simple: to build a solar system model to…
Different eras have different definitions of beauty. A look in the early 1900s can fall out of favor a few years down the road or maybe inspire a style decades later. Cut Video made this video that shows a model getting her and make up done to show what beautiful meant from 1910 to 2010.
Artist Pat Acton recently completed this enormous 1/26 scale model—13.4 feet (4.1 meters) long by 9.2 feet (2.8 meters) wide—of the International Space Station, which uses 282,000 matchsticks, 8 gallons of glue and 1,950 hours of perseverance. He also made modules at 1/13 scale, complete with cutouts that show all the…
Yutaka Sone's Little Manhattan is a solid marble model of Manhattan, breathtaking in its detail. Sploid's Jesus Diaz got to see the mythical piece in person this weekend—click through for a fantastic video.
Chris Burden says his amazing Metropolis II—a gigantic retrofuturistic city model where thousands of slot cars race forever—is not just a city model. Of course it's not. It's a goddamn amazing jesuschrist look at that city model. It looks glorious in this short by Henry & Rel.
Believe it or not, this guy is not human. It's part of what may be the coolest toy in the world, which costs as much as a car.
Well played. Ad agency Victors & Spoils poked fun of mass media's tendency to turn normal humans into plastic Barbie and Ken dolls through their abuse of Photoshop by, well, using Photoshop in reverse. That is, they took a viral photo of a girl in a bikini that had been heavily altered and added more alterations to…
The observable Universe is a 92-billion-light-year sphere—a place so big that it's impossible to imagine its dimensions. But what if the Universe were as small as a scale model train? Then the Horsehead Nebula would look something like the above.
And you thought breaking down your Amazon boxes for recycling was creative—Japanese gamer and amateur modeler Upuaza Touryou just trashed the competition, turning his stack of old flimsy cardboard into an insanely elaborate Buddhist temple.
NASA and its partners keep making progress in their quest to design a new passenger airliner that can fly supersonic without making a lot of noise, one of the main problems with the Concorde. And that progress looks space-age awesome.
It might shock you to hear that nobody has ever developed a complete computational model of a living cell. That's because, despite their diminutive size, their internal processes are extremely complex—but now a team of Stanford engineers has succeeded where others have failed.
I love these amazing, ultra-realistic model photography series by the very talented Carrie Becker: Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse. I imagine this happening in an alternative universe where Ken leaves her after she turns into a meth head following years of alcohol and coke abuse.
This wooden 1/16 scale model of a Caterpillar 5230B front shovel took Rob Fisher's Woodchuck & Co art studio 3000 man hours to complete. It has 4000 individual parts that come together to make a semi-functioning excavator.
Artist Wayne Chisnall created a pre-assembly model kit of himself. The 12 body parts, er, pieces are all attached to a plastic frame and when put together, is just as big as his real-life self. Like having a life-sized action figure!
Roaming through discarded exposures and lighting film tests, a cinema enthusiast has discovered that George Lucas originally wanted Star Wars' Imperial TIE Fighters to be purple. Thankfully for everyone except Prince, this horrible idea was discarded for technical reasons.
It's gorgeously intricate and a hefty 50 pounds, but don't expect this hand-carved engine to do more than impress your friends. That's okay, though—at $6,000 on eBay, it's probably the closest to Ferrari ownership you'll get.
A tiny, non-functional camera. It sounds dumb. But then you look at it. And it is so cute. And—the meticulous detail! Pick it up. Pose your gerbil with it. Now your gerbil is a photographer. Not dumb anymore!